The potential of the technology for seed cleaning came out of the University’s participation in the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) programme, which supports university-business collaboration and looks at applications for technology in different industry sectors. It discovered a growing unmet need by seed breeders for an alternative method of seed sterilisation, following the removal in 2019 of the seed treatment fungicide thiram.
To exploit this opportunity, Zayndu was formed in 2019, and Ralph Weir was brought in to head up the company as CEO and manage a bid to Innovate UK to develop a proof-of-concept.
The prototype proved successful and the company gained further funding of £1.1m in March 2021. It has secured the support of major seed companies in the industry and developed its first product, the Aurora Z10. It is now focussed on optimising the technology and the process, and on scaling up the machine to increase capacity.
Applications for the Aurora disinfection system
Aurora gets its name from the Aurora Borealis – the northern lights – a naturally occurring plasma created when an electric current moves through air.
The use of cold plasma is gaining interest as a low energy, low carbon technology to replace the use of fossil fuels and chemicals in many areas of agriculture. Zayndu’s Aurora system is at the forefront of the ‘Plasma Agriculture’ revolution.
With an electric current and air, Aurora replaces chemical treatments, UV lights and the need for heating water. For Controlled Environments and vertical farms, which are increasingly automated and remote controlled, it removes the risk of contamination from seedborne pathogens.
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